Creating an arena... on a very limited budget.
I have three horses that used to be boarded in a nice barn. They would be in stalls for most of the day, then be turned out, and I'd do lessons on these horses a few times a week. I was jumping one of my horses up to about 4 and a 1/2 feet! Now, though, the money situation has drastically changed, and they live with me. We don't have stalls. All we have is the bottom of a barn (where the horses are fed/take shelter) and a paddock that is only an acre big and the horses have free access to.
I've been thinking a lot lately. It's selfish of me to have these horses and not exercise them. That's unhealthy! I can't ride one horse in the paddock though, without the other two chasing and getting angry. Plus, the paddock is built on uneven terrain.
My goal now is to build an arena. A DIY arena, because I can't afford help. Any ideas? I can't just buy nice posts and sand and level ground out... I wish I could, but that's out of the question. Would grass work as an arena's footing? I just don't know!